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Book Tag ~ The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

 

I found this tag on Rantings of a Reading Addict and she found it on Read At Midnight.

 

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

 

How long have you been a book blogger?

 

– I’ve been blogging for 3-years now. I started blogging in January of 2014, so I get to celebrate the blogs anniversary that first week of the New Year.

 

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

 

– I have no future plans to stop. As long as I continue to enjoy what I do. I will do it. Once it stops being fun then it will be time to stop.

 

What is the best thing about blogging?

 

– Meeting other book lovers and talking about the books I love. It’s been wonderful to talk and connect to authors, bloggers, and readers. I’ve come to know many just through the community and have made some great friends and contacts through the online book world.

 

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it ok?

 

– Negativity. I had one not so nice comment on a review I did the first year I started blogging. It hurt and I agonized over it for a few days. It interrupted my sleep, made me feel bad, and I was like; why? Should I replay or not? But, I finally came to the decision to just let it be.

 

I think everyone who blogs/reviews has run across someone who doesn’t have anything nice to say. All they can do is criticize something. I wish they would just not say anything, but we are in a world where you can be completely anonymous online. And, so it gives them the a chance to vent to anyone and everyone all their negativity or dislike. Nothing makes it ok. All you can do is “Let It Go”. HaHa I made a movie song pun. ^_^

 

 

 

How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?

 

– When I first started I was pulling off the internet, but I soon learned that’s a NO NO. All the copyright issues and of course I didn’t/don’t understand it. I never got served a notice, but still not cool to take other peoples work. So, what did I do? Well I took those pictures down and gave credit to those I needed too. I also asked my blogger friends where they got their graphics, pictures, and what sites they use to make their graphics. Everyone was so nice and helpful! Herding Cats and Burning Soup directed me to VectorStock (not free) & to AllTheFreeStock.com (free pictures) for my stock photos/pictures. Reading In Pajamas told me about the sites they use to make all their graphics and teasers, which is Canva & PicMonkey. I found Canva to be the easiest to navigate, learn, and it’s FREE. So, all the pictures, teaser, and graphics you see on the blog where designed by me.

 

Who is your book crush?

 

– Well their are a few: Curran, The former Beast Lord (Kate Daniels series). Khalil, Djinn Prince of House Marid (Elder Races series), and Judd Lauren, a former Arrow (Psy-Changeling series). I really could go own and own. 

 

  

 

What author would you like to have on your blog?

 

The Andrews Team. Their blog is so much fun and they sound like such down to earth people. I’m such a HUG FAN! I own all their books in ebook and paperbacks. I reread their work all the time. I’d love to have them visit.

 

What do you wear when you write a blog post?

 

– Cloths. I could be in my PJ’s or I could be in everyday close, like Blue Jeans and a T-Shirt. I’m a stay at home mom, so their really is no need for me to get dressed, but I do. I like to sit outside under our patio and work on the blog, check emails, or read, so I will be dressed for the weather outdoors.

 

How long does it take you to prepare?

 

– Prepare… Well I don’t know… For a post sometimes it’s 30min to a day depending on what I put together. For this post, it’s taken me little over 3 hours to think about these questions, write up my answers, and make sure everything looks perfect. For a blog tour all the stuff is included, so I just copy and paste it into a post, arrange it how I like, and that takes maybe 10-15min. For a review I usually set up the post in advance with all the important book information and links, which takes maybe 5-10min. Then I’ll come back to my saved post once I have the review written and I’ll past my review into the post.

So, do I prepare? Yes and No. I sometimes just wing it…

 

How do you feel about the book blogger community?

 

– It’s great. Everyone I’ve run into has been helpful and supportive. I appreciate the help I’ve gotten from everyone, the great feed back, and the wonderful followers.

 

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

 

– Be yourself! Share what you like! And, have fun! Learn to balance your involvement in the community, book world, and your own blog. Don’t worry about how many followers you have or your sit stats. Most of all be thoughtful, respectful, and communicate; either by visiting and commenting on other blogs posts and also by replay to those that comment on yours. Success is what you make it! To me it’s having someone stop in and say; Hi, I enjoyed your post or review, or I love your blog and all that you do. It’s the little “Thank You’s” that make me feel successful!

 

 

So, what did you think of my secret life in blogging? What are some of your answers?

 

 

I’m a 35 outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2017-08-05 07:15
Wer kennt die Wahrheit?
Der Tag, an dem wir dich vergaßen - Marion Ahl,Diane Chamberlain

Inhaltsangabe

Nach dem Tod ihres Vaters kehrt Riley MacPherson nach North Carolina zurück. Jahrelang hat sie diesen Ort gemieden – zu zerrüttet war ihre Familie seit dem Selbstmord ihrer Schwester vor über 20 Jahren. Als Riley ihr Elternhaus ausräumt, findet sie eine Schachtel mit alten Zeitungsartikeln und macht eine schockierende Entdeckung: Lebt ihre totgeglaubte Schwester etwa noch?  Was ist damals geschehen? Doch bei ihren Nachforschungen stößt Riley auf eine undurchdringliche Mauer des Schweigens… 

 

Meine Meinung 

Das Buch der Autorin Diane Chamberlain teilt sich in drei Teile ein, wobei mir persönlich der erste Teil am besten gefallen hat, was bei Büchern ja eigentlich immer selten der Fall ist. Da die meisten Bücher eine gewisse Anlaufphase benötigen. Dieses hier jedoch überhaupt nicht! Der erste Teil konnte mich total in die Geschichte hineinziehen. Zu dem schreibt die Autorin sehr lebendig und meine Vorstellungskraft musste nicht viel dafür tun, dass dieses Buch in meinem Geiste wie ein Film ablief. Eine grandiose Wirkung!

 

Als ich dieses Buch in der Verlagsvorschau von HarperCollins gesehen habe, ist mir hier nicht sofort das Cover, aber der Titel ins Auge gesprungen. „Der Tag, an dem wir dich vergaßen“ klingt für mich sehr traurig und emotional. Des Öfteren sehne ich mich nach solchen Geschichten, weil man den eigenen Emotionen einfach mal freien Lauf lassen kann. Zu dem verbirgt dieses Buch ein Rätsel. Das Rätsel um Riley’s Schwester Lisa, welche sich vor 23 Jahren das Leben nahm.

 

Mittlerweile ich Riley 25 Jahre alt, frisch getrennt und nach dem Tod ihres Vaters wieder mit ihrem Elternhaus konfrontiert. Ihr älterer Bruder Danny, welcher auf einem Campingplatz lebt, hatte nie ein gutes Verhältnis zu seinem Vater, daher steht Riley mit den zu erledigenden Dingen nach dessen Tod so ziemlich allein da. Als die beim Ausräumen diesen Karton mit den alten Zeitungsartikeln findet, stößt sie auf Dinge zum Selbstmord ihrer Schwester, die ihr bisher nicht bekannt waren. Beziehungsweise weiß sie nun, dass ihre Eltern ihr einiges verschwiegen haben.

Was ist damals passiert?

Wieso wählte Lisa, welche eine talentierte Violinistin war diesen Ausweg?

Oder war dies nur eine Täuschung und Lisa lebt?

 

Die Grundidee fand ich sehr interessant und auch der Verlauf der Geschichte. Um das Rätsel zu lösen, tauchen wir in die gesamte Lebens- und Familiengeschichte der MacPhersons ein. Nach und nach bringt die Suche nach der Wahrheit immer mehr Unklarheiten, Lügen und Geheimnisse ans Licht. Ich habe jede Seite des Buches sehr gern umgeblättert. Da ich bei diesem Buch absolut nichts vorwegnehmen möchte, werde ich gar nicht auf das Ende eingehen. Lasst euch überraschen.

 

Dieses Buch bringt Spannung und Emotionen mit sich und regt sehr zum Nachdenken an.

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Nachfolgender Punkt ist eine persönliche Meinung und sollte euren Leseentschluss nicht verstimmen. Bereits im Prolog fiel mir als wachsame Leserin etwas auf und als ich den zweiten Teil des Buches erreichte, bestätigte sich meine Meinung. Diesen Aufbau wird die Autorin mit Bedacht gewählt haben. Ich, als Leserin, hätte mir einen anderen gewünscht. Aber sowohl der eine, als auch der andere Aufbau haben seine Vor- und Nachteile und ebenso seine Absichten.

 

Mein Fazit

Wortwörtlich werden hier auf 400 Seiten mehrere Lebensgeschichten erzählt, die mich in ihren Bann ziehen konnten. Vor allem Rileys Parts habe ich sehr gerne gelesen und mit ihr gefühlt. Der Titel ist im Buch Programm und das Thema Vergessen wurde von der Autorin durch eine besondere und berührende Geschichte dargestellt. Allen Lesern und Leserinnen, welche die Geheimnisse der Familie MacPhersons ergründen möchten, kann ich nur sagen, tut es!

 

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review 2017-07-08 15:36
Die Gedanken neu auf Gott ausrichten
Heute ist dein Tag: 8 Wege zu einem erfüllten Leben. - Joel Osteen

"8 Wege zu einem erfüllten Leben" verspricht das neue Buch von Joel Osteen. Das weckt erstmal hohe Erwartungen. Doch der kleine Band hat nur ca. 200 Seiten, womit mir gleich zu Beginn klar war, dass es nur an der Oberfläche dieses Themas kratzen kann. 

 
Im Grunde geht es in "Heute ist dein Tag" darum, Gott näher zu kommen, bzw. in seiner Nähe zu bleiben. Wer Gott dankt und ihn an die erste Stelle setzt, der macht sich weniger Sorgen um die Kleinigkeiten des Alltags und wird so automatisch glücklicher. 
 
Im ersten Teil zeigt Osteen also acht Wege auf, wie man Gott nahe sein kann: Mit Gebet und Dank, durch Bibellesen, durch positive Entscheidungen und Gedanken und ein positives Umfeld. Es sind sehr viele gute Ansätze dabei, die dabei helfen können, an Gott "dran" zu bleiben. Dabei reichen auch schon kleine Schritte, man muss nicht gleich seine ganze Zeitplanung über den Haufen werfen. 
 
Teil Zwei beschäftigt sich dann eingehender mit der Theorie, negative Gedankenmuster oder"Gene" zu deaktivieren. Dieser mutmachende Abschnitt richtet sich besonders an Menschen, die viel mit Selbstzweifeln und trüben Gedanken zu kämpfen haben. 
 
Der dritte Teil besteht aus den Anhängen, die weitere Tipps bieten, sich an Gottes Kraft, seinen Segen und seine Worte zu erinnern. Hier findet man eine Sammlung von Bibelversen zu verschiedenen Stichpunkten für den Alltag, einen Bibelleseplan und ermutigende Verse für den Aufbau des Selbstwertgefühls.
 
Trotz seiner nur 200 Seiten ist dieses Buch vollgepackt mit ermutigen Gedanken und einfachen Ideen, sich wieder intensiver in Gottes Gegenwart zu begeben. Ich fand es sehr bereichernd für den Alltag, auch wenn mich nicht alles angesprochen hat. Es ist eines dieser Bücher, das noch lange nachwirkt, das man immer wieder zur Hand nimmt und sich davon immer wieder neu motivieren lässt. Man sollte sich dafür auf jeden Fall länger Zeit nehmen, dann kann man die vorgeschlagenen Wege als Chance sehen, seine Gewohnheiten dauerhaft zu ändern.
 
Was mir nicht so gut gefallen hat, war die Aufteilung des Buches. Etwa die Hälfte besteht aus den Anhängen, die keinen roten Faden mehr besitzen. Dadurch wirkt das Ende etwas gestückelt und man weiß zunächst nicht recht, was man jetzt damit anfangen soll. Hier hätte es meiner Meinung nach dem Buch gut getan, einfach mal 100 Seiten mehr zu investieren und aus den Anhängen (zumindest teilweise) ausformulierte Kapitel zu machen.
 
Trotzdem kann ich dieses Buch jedem weiterempfehlen, der neu mit Gott beginnen oder sich wieder intensiver in seine Gegenwart begeben möchte. Besonders den Menschen, die oft an sich selber zweifeln, kann dieses Buch eine neue Freude an der Beziehung mit Gott bringen.
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Book Tag ~ Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2017)

 

I found this tag on Under The Covers Book Bog 

 

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2017)

 

Best book you’ve read in 2017?

 

I can’t just pick one, so I’m going with three reads that have been outstanding: The Red Lily by Juliette Cross, Silver Silence by Nalini Singh, & White Hot by Ilona Andrews. I love each of these authors. They are on my must read authors list.

 

The Red Lily – I’ve fallen in love with the unique writing and how the author has built the stories around old fairytale classics, but don’t let the fairytale classic fool you into thinking you will know how things end. I’ve fallen for the world and characters already introduced to us.

 

Silver Silence – I have no words except for Remarkable. Unforgettable. Emotional. 

White Hot – Really I can’t get enough of the Andrews writing team. The characters, world, and in-depth attention to everything makes the books Outstanding and ones you can’t forget.

 

  

 

 

Best sequel you’ve read in 2017 (It’s the second book in a series)?

 

My pick is Ride Rough by Laura Kaye.

 

Why I pick this one is; because I gravitate towards PNR and UF reads, but this Contemporary Romance series has captured me. The author did a wonderful job portraying the hard facts about abuse both mental and physical that many men and women go through. I connected to the characters and felt and saw both sides. Ride Rough has so much tenderness, passion, and warmth. The more I dive into the Rave Riders series the more I fall in love with the world, the club, and their ladies.

 

 

New Release you haven’t read yet, but you want to? (Release that are out)

 

Well I’ve got a few on my list that are out, but I haven’t gotten to them and want to: Wild & Sweet (Haven Brotherhood #2) by Rhenna Morgan, Claim & Protect (Haven Brotherhood #3) by Rhenna Morgan, Red Wolf(Shifters Unbound #10) by Jennifer Ashley, Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs, & Keystone (Crossbreed #1) by Dannika Dark.

 

Wild & Sweet / Claim & Protect – I had the pleasure of reading Rough & Tumble Book 1 in the Haven Brotherhood series and I was shocked with how much I feel for the Haven Brothers and what was happening in their world. Not many Contemporary Romances win me over and make me want to come back for more.

 

Red Wolf – I really enjoy the Shifters Unbound series. We get such a verity of shifters and conflicts. Each book is different and gives us a new couple to fall in love with. It’s one of my favorite series to keep coming back too and I love rereading several of the books and novellas.

 

Silence Fallen – Mercy and Adam rock! I just love this series and can’t get enough. I own the entire series in ebook and yes, I have this one, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

 

Keystone – I’ve heard such great things about this book. I’ve had Ms. Dark on my reading radar for a while, but have not had the chance to read her. I did actually picked up Keystone when it was on sale and now I just need to read it.

 

    

 

 

Most anticipate release for the second half of the year? (Not out yet?)

 

Their really isn’t much this year that I’ve had my eye on, but their are two coming out in the second half of the year that I’m anticipating: Bring the Heat by G.A. Aiken & Ride Wild by Laura Kaye.

 

  

 

 

Biggest disappointment of the year?

 

I’d go with the third book in the Blood Ravagers series, Blood Vowed by Traci Douglass. After reading book two, Blood Freed, I was hoping for more of the same; especially with all the trouble I had with book one, Blood Bound, which made me think I wasn’t going to continue the series, but I did. Book two won me over, but then three was just so so.

 

 

Most surprising book of this year?

 

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

 

I’ve read and own most of the Love at Stake series books by Ms. Sparks, so I’ve enjoyed her writing before.

 

Why, I picked this one is because it surprised me. I wasn’t expecting what I got. I didn’t realize it was set in a Historical Fantasy setting, so when I started I wasn’t sure if I was going to like, but the more I read, the more I enjoyed and now I’m looking forward to the next installment.

 

 

Favorite new author? 

 

I’d have to say Rhenna Morgan. I’ve had her on my radar since I noticed her Paranormal Romance Eden series and I’ve wanted to try her out, so when received a copy of Rough & Tumble for her new contemporary romance series, I thought ok lets do this. Now I’m hook on the Haven Brotherhood series and can’t wait to read on. All I can say is that not many Contemporary Romance get on my reading list and not many stay, but Rhenna Morgan has hooked me.

 

Newest fictional crush?

 

The bears in Silver Silence. I really LOVE bear shifters. It was wonderful to hop over seas and enter into a new clan. They where adorable and lovable.

 

Newest favorite character?

 

I really enjoyed Talon and Sherry. Both where great. 

 

 

A book that made you cry?

 

I have two: Silver Silence Ride Rough

 

For Silver Silence I mention in my review to have a box of tissues with you because you will be moved for several heartbreak and heartwarming moments. 

 

For Ride Rough it’s the vivid aspect of abuse as well as the couple that gets to have a second chance at love plus the fun moments this couple have that reminded me of events in my life.

 

 

 

 

A book that made you happy?

 

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews 

 

I can always count on the Andrews team to send me on a magical adventure full of action, mind-blowing moments, and characters that will make me feel all kinds of emotions and when I’m done, I’m Ecstatic. 

 

 

 

Favorite book to movie adaptation?

 

Don’t have one.

 

Favorite book review you’ve posted this year?

 

Don’t have one. 

 

Most beautiful book you have bought this year?

 

I use my library regularly for my book love, so for paperbacks/hardcovers well I haven’t bought any 2017 releases in that formate yet. As for eBook it would be Silence Fallen by Patrica Briggs.

 

 

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

 

Well I have a few review books & two blogger shame titles I need to read.

 

I need to read before they come out: Spellbinder by Thea Harrison, Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh, & Drakon’s Plunder by N.J. Walters. I’m sure I’ll have more.

 

I also have two on my blogger shame that I need to get too before the end of the year: Dark Divine & Divine Awakening both by Lia Davis.

 

     

 

 

 

Did any of your favorite make my list?
I’d love to see all your answers to the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag questions. 

 

 

 

Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Book Tag ~ The TBR Book Tag (2017)

 

This tag popped up on Rantings of a Reading Addict.
It asks/talks about tackling the old TBR pile and how do you keep track?

 

Who doesn’t have a TBR list a mile long?? Mine is so long I won’t ever get to all the books and it doesn’t include all the free downloads I have on my eReader that I pick up daily.

 

 

The TBR Book Tag Questions

 

How do you keep track of your TBR Pile?

 

Years ago long before I started blogging I use to use a word document to keep track of my reading. One of my word lists was Books I Will Never Read Again, another was Books I Want To Read, and last Books I Loved. Those names a pretty self explanatory. This was how I kept track. 

 

Now I just add all the books I find interesting, want to read, or just like to my Goodreads To-Read-Shelf. Once I read a book they then get put into different bookshelves like: 4-stars, favorite-shifter, favorite-contemporary, etc…

 

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

 

I’d say eBook, but I don’t care how I read it. This year I’ve been preferring paperbacks, but I’ll read whatever is available from my library (eBook or print) or if I all ready own it I’ll read it in the formate I have. 

 

 

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest.

 

Never Again (Wizards of Nevermore, #1) by Michele Bardsley has been on my TBR since June of 2012. It’s my first book I added when I set up my account in 2012. 

 

 

A book you’ve recently added to your TBR.

 

Well I’m adding at least once a week. “Thank’s to all the blogs I follow for keeping my TBR pile in the happy mountain zone.” I just added Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon (The Embraced, #3) by Kerrelyn Sparks. Look at that cover.  

 

 

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading.

 

I Kissed a Dog (Werewolves of the West, #1) by Carol Van Atta was put on my TBR list back in Feb. 2013. I don’t know why I put it on their. It might have something to do with Chloe Carpenter our heroine who can communicate with animals. That sounded interesting. 

 

 

An unpublished book on your TBR you’re excited for.

 

This one can’t be limited to just one. Really!! Their are a few I’m excited for, so I’ll keep it down to three books: Spellbinder (Moonshadow, #2) by Thea Harrison coming July 18th, 2017, Wildfire (Hidden Legacy, #3) by Ilona Andrews coming July 25th, 2017, & Ride Wild (Raven Riders, #3) by Laura Kaye coming Oct. 31st, 2017 .

 

  

 

 

A book on your TBR everyone’s read but you.

 

Well I’m going with a series, not just a book, and that series is The Dresden Files. I’m slowly working my way through it. I finished with book 4, Summer Knight and need to pick up book 5, Death Masks.

 

 

A book on your TBR everyone recommends to you.

 

Again this is another series, well three series: The Dresden Files (which I’m reading now), Jane Yellowrock(which I’m also reading now), and the one I haven’t yet started would be Dark-Hunterverse by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

 

 

A book on your TBR you’re dying to read.

 

Oh Lordy!! This one can’t be limited either. Their are just to many on my TBR that are out now that I’m dying to read. I’ll keep it down to three books: Keystone (Crossbreed #1) by Dannika Dark, Wild & Sweet (Haven Brotherhood #2) by Rhenna Morgan, & Justice for Corrie (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, #3) by Susan Stoker.

 

  

 

 

How many books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

 

As of June 25th, 2017 I have 1,237 on my TBR shelf. 

 

 

 

Thanks for going through the TBR Book Tag with me! I’d love to see all your answers to the TBR Book Tag questions. Just put your answer in the comments or put up your own post and tag me (@angels_gp).

 

You’ve been tagged for the TBR Book Tag!

 

 

 

Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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